Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 17, 2019

I-94 in Minneapolis to close overnight Oct. 22-23 for tunnel washing

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 near the Lowry Tunnel in Minneapolis will encounter overnight closures in both directions Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 while crews wash the tunnel.

I-94 will close from:

  •  10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 through 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23
  •  10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 through 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Motorists can use the ramps at Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues to return to the interstate.

Crews will also close the ramp from westbound Highway 55 (Hiawatha) to westbound I-94 from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 while they wash the ramp tunnel. The Portland Avenue tunnel will be cleaned Oct. 23, while the Lowry Tunnel is cleaned.

The ramp from eastbound I-394 to eastbound I-94 and the ramp from eastbound Highway 55 to eastbound I-94 will also be closed during the Lowry Tunnel cleaning.

Crews will clean and make lighting repairs in the tunnels while they are closed.

Tunnel washing serves several purposes. It cleans the tiles, which allows light to properly reflect and removes environmentally harmful materials from the walls and ceilings left by vehicle exhaust before they get in the storm sewer system. Crews capture the water used to wash the tunnels before it enters the sewer system.

Crews also will wash tunnels at Highway 55 under Minnehaha Parkway, Highway 5 at Fort Snelling and I-35E and Fifth Street in St. Paul Oct. 22-24. That work will require short-term lane closures overnight.

Motorists should plan ahead and give themselves extra time to reach their destination.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.